In another air incident at Kochi airport, the tail of an Abu Dhabi-bound Air India Express plane tipped the runway during take-off. The Boeing 737-800 plane with 190 passengers on board was airborne for 90 minutes.
The two pilots have been derostered following the incident, an Air India spokesperson said on Tuesday.
The incident on Sunday night came to light only on Tuesday, and it had occurred hours before a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain skidded off the runway at Kochi airport on Monday. At least 137 passengers and a six-member crew had a narrow escape in the Gulf Air incident, while seven persons were injured.
The pilots informed the Air Traffic Control (ATC) after they discovered the tail problem, and sought permission to return. The plane had to jettisoned fuel before landing. The plane was repaired soon and it left for Mumbai on Tuesday.
DGCA blames pilot
A preliminary probe by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into the incident involving the Gulf Air flight, has blamed the pilot for not following universally-accepted parameters for landing in rain and on a wet runway.
“It was an incorrect landing by the Gulf Air pilot. It would not have happened had the pilot landed it properly,” DGCA sources said.
There are detailed parameters laid down by DGCA and other international aviation regulators for landing in wet conditions. DGCA will question the crew as well as the ATC personnel who were on duty at Cochin airport. The black box containing the conversation between the pilot and the ATC will also be examined.